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Diabetes should be focus of healthcare professionals year-round

BY Michael Johnsen

WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT There are many pharmacy retailers hooking their diabetes-related initiatives into the awareness generated by American Diabetes Month, but judging by a new study recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it may be time for healthcare professionals to begin piecing together initiatives that will help maintain that heightened awareness over the course of an entire year.

(THE NEWS: Supervalu encourages healthy lifestyles with diabetes program. For the full story, click here)

That study, published in Population Health Metrics, projected that newly diagnosed cases of diabetes incidence will increase from the eight cases per 1,000 people diagnosed in 2008 to about 15 cases per 1,000 people in 2050. That alone suggests more people will be in need of year-round nutrition programs, such as Supervalu’s “living healthy with my diabetes.” But if those projected increases in diabetes incidence are coupled with a decline in diabetes-related mortality rates, the CDC suggested that as many as 1-in-3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050, as compared with the 1-in-5 Americans who have diabetes today.

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Country music star supports JDRF

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Country music recording artist George Canyon is supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by letting fans download his hit single, “I Believe in Angels,” for free off of his website.

A donation will be made to JDRF on behalf of each download through the month. The promotion is in honor of November’s Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day 2010 on Nov. 14.

Juvenile diabetes, also known as Type 1 diabetes, is a condition that hits home for Canyon; he was diagnosed with the condition at 14 years old.

“George Canyon has not let Type 1 diabetes get in the way of achieving his dreams of becoming a singer,” said Claire Schultz, SVP marketing and communications for JDRF. “A long-time partner of our JDRF affiliate in Canada, we are pleased to have George Canyon reach audiences all over the U.S., and are grateful for support of JDRF.”

The song can be downloaded at GeorgeCanyon.com/jdrfusa.

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Rite Aid posts same-store sales decline

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Thursday posted a same-store sales decrease of 1.7% for the four weeks ended Oct. 23, representing a front-end comparable sales decline of 1.3% and a 1.8% drop in same-store pharmacy sales.

Prescriptions filled at comparable stores decreased 1.9% over the prior-year period.

Both front-end and pharmacy same-store sales were negatively impacted by a significantly weaker cough, cold and flu season compared with the same period last year, when news of an H1N1 pandemic was dominating the airwaves.

Total drug store sales for the four-week period decreased 2.7% to $1.9 billion. Prescription revenue accounted for 68.5% of drug store sales, and third-party prescription revenue represented 96.2% of pharmacy sales.

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